The Ministry of Trade and Industry, has called on sugar cane farmers within 100 kilometers radius, or six hours drive of the Komenda Sugar Factory to arrange to sell their sugarcanes to the factory to enable the factory to become a success.
The factory, construction of which begun in August 2014 is now near completion and there is the need to test run the facility before official handing over and Commissioning expected in May 2016.
The test run is to enable the machines be tested and also enable some of the few operational staff, have a better understanding about the operations of the factory.
The Government of Ghana and the Government of India, acting through the EXIM Bank of India approved in 2013 an amount of US$35million for the establishment of a new Sugar Factory to produce 150000 Metric Tonnes of sugar per year and 1.0MW surplus power from factory waste at Komenda.
In view of this, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Komenda Sugar Company, and the CEDECOM, have come out with a proposed competitive price for the purchase of sugar cane to feed the factory. Already, some farmers are receiving advances from the Sugar Company to reserve their produce for the factory.
These bodies are therefore calling on sugar cane farmers within the 100 kilometer radius or farmers elsewhere whose canes can reach the factory within six hours of cutting to call on these numbers for further discussion; 0209909054 or 0506295822
The following measures have been put in place to ensure sanity in the entire value chain. These are;
• GHC60.00 will be paid by the Sugar Company for a metric tonne (MT) at the farm gate
• Sugar cane farmers will be paid a fulfillment bonus of GHC10/MT for achieving an agreed and registered quantity of cane supplied
• Harvesting and binding would be at the farmers own cost
• 1% deduction from the gross price on net weight towards binding materials
• Transportation from the farm gate to the factory would be the responsibility of Komenda Sugar factory
• Payment on net weight supplied would be done after deduction of any amount advanced to sugar cane farmers
• The sugar cane price would be subjected to change depending on prevailing sugar and sugar cane market price.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry is entreating existing sugar cane farmers and new farmers to see the opening of the Komenda Sugar factory as an opportunity to expand and cultivate more sugar cane not only to feed the factory, but to enhance their living conditions.
It must be observed that aside of the numerous youth who will be employed to work in the factory, farmers stand the chance to benefit immensely from the factory. Some of the benefits to farmers will include supply of new variety of sugar cane plants, and an exposure to best agricultural practices. Equally, with the new price, it will eliminate the old system where there was no standard price and even in some instances prices vary from time to time and farmer to farmer.
Farmers are therefore being advised to plant sugarcane in wider row to maintain optimum population.
The opening of the Komenda Sugar factory would also benefit local distilleries immensely since they can also get their molasses which has higher alcoholic content and also cheaper from the factory, thereby saving them from using local methods to ferment the cane juice.